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Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack

28
Dec
2013

Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December. Target says it remains confident that identification numbers are safe and secure thanks to the Triple DES encryption it uses to protect sensitive data. “The PIN information was fully encrypted at the keypad, remained encrypted within our system, and remained encrypted when it was removed from our systems,” the company said in a statement. When you make a debit purchase at one of Targets stores, your card information is encrypted within Target’s systems and can only be decrypted when it is received by our external, independent payment processor,” the retailer says.

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